Buy Hyatt Points For Just Over A Penny Each Today

Today marks the last day of the 2017 Daily Getaways program, which has been live for the past five weeks. They saved the best (or at least most popular) for last, because today at 1PM ET you’ll be able to purchase World of Hyatt points at a discount.

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Before going any further, I should mention that this is really more like a lottery than a straightforward opportunity to buy Hyatt points. Even if you’re there at 1PM ET on the dot, chances are decent that they’ll already be sold out, so it comes down to luck of the draw and how quickly you can refresh a page. However, it can make sense to continue refreshing even after packages are sold out, because they go back into “inventory” if someone doesn’t complete the transaction, etc. It’s pretty common for this to happen, typically within five minutes of when the packages initially sell out.

While the packages are marketed as offering a specific type of hotel stay (like “2 Nights in a Hyatt Premium Hotel”), in reality you’ll have a certain number of points deposited in your World of Hyatt account, and you can redeem them however you’d like. Each member is limited to buying one of each of the packages, for a total of four packages. I suspect the limitation will be how many you can actually successfully click on, rather than the limit itself.

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Redeem 25,000 points per night for a stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives

Should you (try to) buy Hyatt points?

The following Hyatt points packages are on sale today:

Number Of PointsPackage CostCost Per PointNumber Of Packages
24,000 World of Hyatt points$2601.08 cents/point120
30,000 World of Hyatt points$3301.1 cents/point54
40,000 World of Hyatt points$4151.04 cents/point30
72,000 World of Hyatt points$7751.08 cents/point25

The prices and types of packages available are identical to last year, except there are more of them available. Last year there were 160 packages on sale, while this year there are 229 packages on sale, so that’s at least good news.

At a cost of 1.04-1.10 cents per World of Hyatt point, this promotion represents a great value. To me, Hyatt points are worth ~1.5 cents each, so this is a substantial discount.

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Redeem 30,000 points per night for a stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney

For context, here’s the World of Hyatt free night redemption chart, as well as the Points + Cash chart, so you can get a sense of the value you can get with the points:

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So which package should you go for?

  • The 72,000 point deal gets you the most points, but there are also only 25 of those packages available, and I suspect a lot of people will go after this one first
  • The 24,000 point deal offers the greatest quantity of packages, though many people will probably select these as a result, so I’m not convinced this actually has the best odds
  • The 30,000 point and 40,000 point packages are somewhere in the middle, and maybe they won’t be quite as popular (or perhaps people will use reverse psychology and these will actually sell out quickest)

If you are lucky enough to purchase one of these packages, Daily Getaways processes the purchase, so you’ll want to use a card that offers bonus points on travel. This won’t be categorized specifically as a hotel purchase, but rather as a more general travel purchase.

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Redeem 5,000 points per night for a stay at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Bottom line

This is in my opinion the most lucrative offer available with Daily Getaways, and I assume there will be lots of competition for the relatively few available packages. If you do choose to try your luck, be prepared for disappointment, as most people won’t successfully snag a package. Or who knows, maybe demand is down a bit this year, given that World of Hyatt isn’t an especially popular program.

Do you plan on trying to buy World of Hyatt points, and if so, which package are you chasing?

Comments

  1. While I’m not going to compete for these, (still waiting on the Altitude card to arrive) I just thought of something that I hadn’t before. If I’m getting down to the wire, I could buy travel points during some normal, non-limited promotion to meet my minimum spend instead of giftcards. For the Altitude, I’ll get 3x points to boot. How have I not thought of that before?

  2. Hyatt points are definitely overrated. The only time you get decent value out of them is when you stay in stupidly overpriced hotels that you would never in a million years pay cash for. I would never pay the $650 cash rate for Park Hyatt Vendome or Park Hyatt Sydney, so am I really getting 2 cents in value when I redeem 30k points for a stay? I’d rather book a $300 hotel room with cash and collect hotel loyalty points / stay credits that can be booked with no blackout dates than spend $300 on points to book a $650 room with tons of blackout dates and no points / stay credits.

    Plus when booking a $300 room I can often get a breakfast inclusive rate for cheap. When redeeming points there is no option for cheap breakfast and you are stuck paying 50 euros at your fancy schmancy hotel for 2 eggs, toast, and a glass of orange juice.

  3. @tassojunior

    Yep, I programed a very simple minimal bot to auto refresh the page and click the buy now link. I had it running over 9 different browsers and it failed. I don’t think anyone could have manually gotten the points.

    From what I can see, they don’t have any kind of defense against bots (like rate limiting the number of requests and so on).

  4. Actually I surprised myself and was successful for the 40,000 point purchase, doing it manually. I kept hitting refresh for about 5 minutes and got the message to enter my WOH number at about 1:06 PM. A nice condolence prize as I tried and failed for the Fairmont San Francisco package earlier in the week.

  5. Sorry, this inventory is already on hold for other customers while they complete their order.

    But they may choose not to buy it, so here’s what you can do:
    1. Try Again
    2. Try selecting a smaller quantity

  6. Sadly, while had all 4 offers open and refreshed. There was a lag for 10-15 seconds and by the time I could hit the button all offers were gone.

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